Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) reached a new record for passenger traffic in 2016, ending the year with the total enplaned passengers (number of people boarding outbound flights) totaling 365,884. The previous record was set in 2000 with 360,010 enplanements.
Not only did FWA set a record for enplanements, 2016 also marked the seventh consecutive year of growth in total passenger traffic. Total traffic for the airport, which includes both enplanements and deplanements was up 1.67%, with 727,896 passengers traveling in and out of FWA. This is up thirteen percent over 2014, when FWA saw 643,887 passengers pass through the terminal.
2016 also saw a series of wins for both the airport, and community with new air service to New York City via Newark Liberty International Airport on United, as well as increased passenger capacity on two existing routes – Dallas and Charlotte, both on American.
NYC/Newark service began on September 7 with once-daily service to and from the Big Apple. American increased capacity on their Dallas route in November, increasing from 50 seats to 76 seats on the larger CR9 aircraft, while announcing a larger CR7 aircraft with 63 passenger seats for the existing Charlotte route. This increases FWA’s total passenger capacity.
“We are happy to see another year of continued growth at FWA, while hitting a record number of enplaned passengers. Our ability to continue to grow and thrive as an airport is in large part to our supportive community. With the community’s support we have been able to continue delivering a superior level of service to our passengers, while also attracting new routes and larger aircraft to serve our market.”
Said Scott Hinderman, Executive Director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. “We’re looking forward to continuing our focus on customer service in 2017 and working toward another year of growth.”
FWA offers daily, nonstop service to seven major hubs: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis, and New York City/Newark on American, Delta and United. Allegiant also offers weekly, nonstop service to Orlando/Sanford, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Phoenix/Mesa (seasonally), and Myrtle Beach (seasonally).